Here is a list of all the postings MalcB has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Where (apart from ebay) to look for a pillar drill base?|
An alternative would be to do yourself a half decent drawing and take it to a steel profilers of the dimensions and contour you want/like and have a profile cut from steel plate.
Have it stress relieved and surface ground ground both sides to clean.
You would have little work left to make it usable.
|Thread: Crap vee blocks and "Oxford Precision"?|
Theres a lot of truth in the old saying:
Easy buying cheap tools cheap but buying quality tools cheap is a "science".
I am with Chris Evan6 on his comments in that buying far eastern tools from UK suppliers is the way to go. Taking a chance on import duties and Quality by buying direct, just to save a few quid is dodgy to say the least. Price to return anything is a none starter.
I am pretty sure that the UK suppliers such as Chronos, ARC, RDG, Amadeal, Warco, Chester, ( to name just a few of the more known ones) do in fact carry full QA assessments on their suppliers before putting them on their approved supplier lists.
I know the OP made reference to ARC, but I dont think I read that in any sort of derogatory way, in fact like others, the stuff i have had from them has been spot on for me, in fact comparing to many others i have used both in industry and home, have to say they are up there in the top quartile.
In fact the only real problem i have had in the last 2 or 3 yrs or so were some backing plate raw castings that although looked visually perfect revealed large blow holes ln an important area when machining. These were from RDG being local to me. No problem returning for replacement, just lost time ( but who hadnt experienced this in industry ). No quible and easy. Direct from Asia I would have had to write off.
|Thread: Machine moving day.|
You can't beat having someone with a decent bit of kit andknows how to use it.
The lathe looks perfectly balanced. But dont they just looked lost on the flatbed
|Thread: Got a Good Story About Buying a Lathe?|
Nothing exciting but:
About 30 years ago I managed to get my hands on an old Colchester Master lathe from either Exchange and Mart or Loot, cant remember which. Chuck wise it it was well equiped and the lathe in more than acceptable condition.
As with many quite a few lathes about then, practically all the change wheels had vanished and no steadies.
It took me about 6 months of continually rumaging around in scrap yards trying to build up a full set of the correct DP wheels to eventually build a full set, several being modified by bushing or boring etc. Alternative steadies were sourced, reworked or adapted to suit.
I dont know if this was just was an excuse to rumage and nosey round but it was always so satisfying as usually something else was bought when leaving. Nobody seemed to bother when you explained the mission you were on, you just got a free hand to roam at will. At the time there was a lot bigger choice of yards about, a lot more machine tools, textile machinery, printing equipment, engines etc being scrapped off.
No chance now with H & S controls, plus scrap yards just Ebay some of what comes thru'. I miss that ability to roam free in them for bits. Dont think I have enjoyed equiping a lathe as much since.
|Thread: Scam warning|
Over the last couple of months there has been a continuous flow of the Amadeal mini lathes listed by newly registered zero feedback sellers at around half or less of the Amadeal prices. Last week or two these seem to be stopping or have been blocked.
Usual ploy, Buy it Now with instant payment required, Paypal only, Listed as though a UK named location yet shipping from outside the UK in a very short lead time. Some have even had the Amadeal name still left in the description. You ask a question and get no reply. I reported everyone I managed to see but Ebay still took its time in cancelling them such that quite a few were sold. I am quite sure that Harry from Amadeal must have reported them as well. Ebay and Paypal must be continuosly having to initiate refunds.
If you searched " mini lathes" then completed items you will see some of them.
I have a couple of Ebay accounts and actually bought two of these on one of them and left negative feedback as a scam.
FYI - you can only do this on a PC I think, have not managed to find a way of doing this on a phone or tablet. On the PC you hit BIN and somewhere in the right column you have payment option other. You then have the option to mark as payment sent. Once you do this you can leave feedback. You dont see this option on the ipad or phone thru' an App. Couldnt do it opening Ebay via safari on the ipad either, you still only got the option requiring instant payment. Maybe there is a way on the tablet which some Ebay guru can sort?
|Thread: What do you think of these lathes|
Tony, if you are looking at used Colchesters, then take a look at Nobilla Machine tools.
They always have a large selection and do lick of paint through to full refurbs. Look for machines with warranties and check whats also included in them.
West Point Machine Tools also normally carry one or two half decent machines.
Never be scared to haggle big and work down.
|Thread: warco lathes.|
Excel Machine Tools do a very similar range of conventional lathes to the Axminister range, may be worth a look.
The XYZ Machine Tools Trainer lathe is also similar but only 750mm twixt centres which sounds as though may be a tad short for you.
Not as two faced as retailers that list their products as suitable for proffesional use when clearly they are not even fit for purpose in a domestic environment.
Hi Gareth, dont know where you are located but if the logistics are suitable for you then the Bantam 2000 on the lathes.co.uk site may be well worth a look.
|Thread: Economy Hit & Miss Engine Build.|
Thats looking really good Nick.
How did you actually red stripe the inner rim?
|Thread: Machining a Washer - Procedure|
|Thread: ER40 Collet run out.|
If you cannot improve things with the above, then you need to further prove out the ER chuck.
Then need to make a tapered mandrel, same taper as the collet location, drilled and tapped to enable clamping back. Initially set compound over by clocking the internal taper of the ER chuck.
Carry out fine tweaking if needed to get a perfect bed using Engineers blue. Clamp back and clock face and recess for true. Any errors are then further magnified at the outer recess diameter and adjacent face.
|Thread: Small Milling machine|
Home and Workshop are showing a half decent looking BCA Mk3 that may be of interest.
|Thread: Won't be long before this lathe goes.|
cheap price on this one.
|Thread: chuck spares|
Most if not all imperial Burnerd chucks are now obsolete and sourcing chuck spares other than from Ebay is difficult. I have had limited success in the past from Thame Engineering, Rotagrip and Universal Workholding Ltd in Netherton. There may also be some milage in giving Myford a call as they always seem to have some odds & ends knocking about.
|Thread: Warco GH 550|
When I sold my Boxford AUD not too long ago I was looking for a geared head lathe from either Warco or Chester. You cannot ignore the fact that the Chinese offer a lot of machine for not a lot of money.
My choice narrowed down to picking between the Warco 1236 model and the Chester ( more local to me ) Crusader Deluxe. Both 300mm swing plus for gap bed removal. At the time both had similar price tags and had DRO's fitted. The Crusader Deluxe is more expensive now.
I chose the Chester Crusader Deluxe, mainly because of location and which I almost bought.
In the end I finished up with a late model Harrison M300 which my local machine tool dealer ( who I had dealt with for a long time ) had just got in stock and did me a great cash deal.
My initial choices were based mainly on two factors, the gap bed removal, they had DRO fitted and decent bed length.
When you look at the GH550 spec, it seems to be really quite light at 300kgs. I Think my Boxford was more than that on its very robust cabinet. Seems too light for its capacity.
Personally if your funds would run to it and you could accomodate the size the 1236 would be my choice from the Warco stable. £700ish more gets you extra diameter and length capacity plus fitted DRO. Its also a more substantial machine and almost double the weight of the 550. I have seen both the Warco 1236 and the Crusader deluxe and they were very similar, however not actually seen the 550.
|Thread: Machinery removals|
I would have a word with your nearest machine tools dealers and see who they use and can recommend and get a price from them. On their recommendation I did this with my M300 and for a local delivery they only charged £80 for a decent flat wagon with hihab cash in hand.
In 1983 we engaged Pickfords for a full factory move into new premises , office blocks, 3 x machine shops and a foundry.
They dropped a two year old Adcock and Shipley Horizontal mill from a large fork lift, broke the main casting and wrote it off. The dropped a near new 48" Webster and Bennet V.B. on its side breaking handwheels and flattening the copiers hydraulic pack. When breaking out the Kitchen Walker radial arm drill from its foundations they tried lifting it with two of the foudation bolts still secured causing considerable chain damage. So called proffesionals.
After this I used Beck and Politzer for bringing in several new machines, but in 1999 when delivering a new Bins & Berry Data 90 ( 1M swing ) with live tooling they slung it over the main lead/ball screw and damaged it. New screw needed. The proffesionals dont alway get it right. Most machine suppliers are now using their own transport specialist, hence not required much nowadays untill moving used machines.
|Thread: Can someone recommend a mill cutter supplier|
"cncpoorboy" On Ebay does some qood quality cutters at competitive prices
|Thread: Accurate hole location|
By the initial sound of it I dont think you have a milling machine, so my thoughts depending on your cash availability, would be to look out for a half decently calibrated dials compound table for your drill.
I would then eliminate the variables from marking out, punching and picking them up and go for indexed pitching from the calibrated hand wheels. Easy to map out your co-ordinates on paper, but you will need an accurate start datum.
Edited By MalcB on 14/03/2017 17:56:21
|Thread: Doncaster ME Show and Warco.|
I also went to the last Harrogate show and the first Doncaster show.
To say one show was better than the other in just that open context isnt really correct. There are quite a few different reasons that people wish to attend the shows. What are they going for? In no order:
Model Steam engines, traction engines, locos, stationary engines etc, New machinery and equipment. New and used tooling, new technolgy items, raw materials, fittings, fixings, kits, castings etc. Club exhibitions, information, meet builders, examine finishing of item and the list goes on and is exhaustive.
What makes it "better" over another show is how much is there which relates to those particular interests of the visitor.
To someone really looking at comparing new machinery equipment, tooling etc then Warco would be sorely missed and the show may well be deemed not as good.
To somebody going for say, the model locos then it likely wont make a difference or may be a tad better if more club exhibits take their place.
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